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It has come to the mods' attention that we need some stricter guidelines in this particular subsection, so here they are, effective immediately.Creating Threads
Since this section is for people working on fan game, there ought to only be two types of threads in it: "I am making a game" or "I have a casemaker." If you have an idea for a case you're making, here is a brief posting guideline that we suggest you follow. You don't have to do it exactly in this format, but if you can't describe your status in the following areas, you may need to rethink how ready you are to actually start making a case. Remember, if you're trying to attract help to your cause, you need to present yourself as organized and confident - no one wants to put their effort into helping a case that has little chance of being finished.Title:
What is your project called?Project Head:
Who is the project leader? If you started the thread it's easy to assume it's you, of course.Current Contributers:
Who has been signed on already? Are you doing it all yourself?Which Casemaker:
Which casemaker are you using? Please do you homework and decide for yourself which is best for you before making a thread, if at all possible. There will be a guide below to help you do this.What I Have:
What part of the case has been finished so far?What I Need:
What help do you need from other forumers?
As examples, here are the most common areas that make up a fancase:Scripting:
The story and dialogue, written outSpriting:
Original sprites, or canon character sprites formatted to whichever casemaker you're using.Programming:
Writing the actual codeEditing:
Someone to look over and correct your workStatus:
How much have you done? A percentage would be nice.
If what you are working on is a game that is NOT a case, you are perfectly welcome to make up a format of your own, but please be very specific about what you have and need.
As for casemaker threads, those are pretty self-explanatory. Each casemaker is allowed one.
Once your post is made, you can give the link to Luke in the Quick Link Thread
. If you're looking for more information about the cases people are working on, check the Fan Projects Wiki
Edit: As some problems have become increasingly prevalent in the last few months, I'd like to lay down the law for some other issues.
First of all, don't post in (or "necromance") old threads if they are not your own. The reason no one has posted in them is likely because they are no longer working on the project. Posting in one will usually end with a lock, and continued necromancing can end up with a warning, followed by a ban.
Secondly, do not create new threads asking for help about MechaBowser's casemaker. MechaBowser was banned from Court Records a long time ago for poor behavior and is no longer updating casemaker. Due to this you are unlikely to get support or bug fixes while using this case maker, if you would like to continue casemaking try one of the other casemakers found here, such as PWlib, Pywright or Ace Attorney Online. Both are supported and much more up to date than MB's casemaker. Any necromanced or new topics about Mechabowser's casemaker will be locked.
Lastly, if you have a specific problem with a casemaker post in that casemaker's thread, I don't want easily answered questions cluttering up the board.
Posting In Threads
Every rule that applies to the rest of the board applies in here: no flaming, no adult content (If you decided to make your very own Phoenix Drive 2 you would not be able to post dirty screenshots here, sorry), no trolling, stay on topic. But we're also adding one extra rule for this section specifically at the request of the masses: No arguing over which casemaker is better.
No debate on the subject has ever reached a conclusion, because they are all very fine and it's up to the individual which they feel most comfortable using. In fact, there is no reason for a casemaker creator to go into the thread of someone not using their program unless it is simply to offer assistance or encouragement on the case itself. Pestering or bickering on the subject is not allowed and will be deleted.
We have Ceres as our new Fanworks mod but I'll also be keeping a special eye on this section over the next few days to make sure this is enforced.
This part is not yet complete, but ideally I'd like to have a list of questions that someone just starting out on their project can use to help them decide which casemaker is best for them. The Wiki has a Comparison Chart
for the makers but the technical specifications don't always mean much to the common user.
Which casemaker will let me use custom made sprites? (PWLib, PyWright, Ace Attorney Online, Ace Attorney DS)
Which casemaker is the simpliest to use? (Ace Attorney Online??)
Which casemaker should I use if I don't want to work with code? (Ace Attorney Online, LuAA)
Which casemaker should I use if I'm good with code? (PWLib, PyWright)
Which casemaker will let me use 3D evidence? (PWLib, PyWright)
Which casemaker will let me use movies? (PWLib, PyWright)
Which casemaker will let me do investigations? (PWLib, PyWright, Ace Attorney Online, LuAA)
Which casemaker does not require me to download a separate program? (Ace Attorney Online)
Which casemaker will let me use Psyche Locks? (PWLib, PyWright, Ace Attorney Online and LuAA - though without graphics)
(These only include casemakers that are currently functional, because those are the only ones on CR's main page atm.)
Though of course certain games may require more specific questions answered, which can always be added on a needed basis, like: "Which casemaker will let me have the Judge spring from the bench and punch Phoenix in the face?"
If you would like to help out by suggesting more questions for the checklist or can help me answer those questions, please PM me. Thanks guys~